Historical Portraiture: Animals
1000 Dog Portraits: From the People Who Love Them by Robynne Raye – Flexibound: 320 pages; Publisher: Rockport Publishers (April 15, 2014) Best Seller

1000 Dog Portraits is a compilation of quirky, fun, fanatical illustrations, paintings, collages and drawings from designers and artists around the globe. From hounds to herding dogs, and mutts to terriers, there is a diverse range of artistic renditions from naïve and abstract to traditional portraiture

Dog Painting: A History of the Dog in Art by William Secord – Hardcover: 456 pages; Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist; 2nd edition (February 15, 2009)

A visual feast of outstanding paintings by British and American artists.

The Artful Dog: Canines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Metropolitan Museum of Art – Hardcover: 80 pages; Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 14, 2006)

Loyal dogs have always been by the side of great artists. In this celebration they are front and center. The Metropolitan Museum of Art now presents masterpieces of dog-centric art.

Dog: 5000 years of the Dog in Art 0 by Tamsin Pickeral – Paperback: 288 pages; Publisher: Merrell Publishers (September 7, 2010)

For more than 5000 years, artists have created an extraordinary array of captivating images of the dog – the animal that has enjoyed the closest and most intriguing relationship with man. This beautiful book, available for the first time in an unabridged compact edition, features works from all over the world, ranging from the earliest African rock paintings to the groundbreaking work of contemporary artists. I

The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art by Tamsin Pickeral – Paperback: 287 pages; Publisher: Merrell (October 1, 2009)

This illustrated history of the horse in art documents the creative journey from prehistoric cave painting to the war horses of Uccello, the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs, the enigmatic prints of Elisabeth Frink and beyond. The book sheds particular light on man's relationship with the horse.

The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art by Tamsin Pickeral – Hardcover: 287 pages; Publisher: Merrell Publishers; 1st edition (October 1, 2006)

This stunningly illustrated history of the horse in art documents the creative journey from prehistoric cave paintings to the war horses of Uccello, the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs, the enigmatic prints of Elisabeth Frink and beyond. It explores the role of the horse in Eastern imagery and as the subject of myth and legend; as a symbol of power and an ally in war; as the subject of anatomical scrutiny and the romantic embodiment of human feeling; and as the emblem of sporting pleasures and prowess.

Catnip: Artful Felines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Chronicle Books LLC Staff – Hardcover: 80 pages; Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 13, 2005)

Cats of all types provide the artistic mews for the gallery of images presented here, all perfectly paired with quips about cats from some of our most famous writers, thinkers, and humorists, among them Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, and Gertrude Stein.

Metropolitan Cats by John P. O'Neill – Hardcover: 112 pages; Publisher: Harry N Abrams (April 1982)

Reader review: This long out-of print book is the best cat-art book I've ever seen. All the illustrations are from works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and range from Egyptian tomb frescoes to near-contemporary artists. There really aren't any duds or fillers here, and the color reproductions, for a 1981 book, are remarkably good.

Picturing Animals in Britain by Diana Donald – Hardcover: 256 pages; Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre BA; 1st edition (January 28, 2008)

From fine art paintings by such artists as Stubbs and Landseer to zoological illustrations and popular prints, a vast array of animal images was created in Britain during the century from 1750 to 1850. This highly original book investigates the rich meanings of these visual representations as well as the ways in which animals were actually used and abused.

The Horse: From Cave Paintings to Modern Art by Jean-Louis Gouraud, Michel Woronoff, Henri-Paul Francfort – Hardcover: 400 pages; Publisher: Abbeville Press; Slp edition (November 16, 2010)

"The horse, the noble animal par excellence" is celebrated in this painstakingly curated volume. At almost two feet high and weighing over three pounds, this is a substantial but worthwhile commitment for the reader. The editors chronicle the horse's appearance in painting and sculpture, from prehistoric times to the late 20th century. While Picasso's stirring anti-war painting "Guernica" and Seurat's "At the Circus" are two of the more famous works included, it's the photographs of ancient cave art, found in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and other places, that is most evocative, giving readers a glimpse into art and history that they likely have never seen (indeed, some of the works are difficult to view even at these sites), and connecting them to people who lived thousands of years ago.

Impressionist Cats and Dogs: Pets in the Painting of Modern Life by James H. Rubin – Hardcover: 156 pages; Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2003)

Impressionism was revolutionary, and impressionist artists purposefully portrayed animals as symbols of their dissent. Cats and dogs stood for sexuality, independence, loyalty, and the artists' self-image, and Rubin's lavishly illustrated volume explores exactly "how pets in art reveal artists' attitudes not just toward animals, but toward the people they painted, including themselves in their identities as artists." Beginning with a brief overview of the symbolic meanings of pets in ancient Egyptian, medieval, and modern art, Rubin quickly focuses on impressionist works and the symbolic and realistic roles animals played in such noteworthy paintings as Manet's rebelliously sensual Olympia and its opposite, Renoir's Madame Charpentier and Her Children, which celebrates the natural place pets played in the rise of the middle classes. Rubin also discusses pets in the paintings of Monet, Caillebotte, Seurat, Cezanne, and Courbet, whose cat in The Studio of the Painter embodies the artist's determination to retain his artistic independence. An unprecedented, revealing, and enjoyable new angle on a much examined movement. —Lauren Roberts Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

The Horse: A Celebration of Horses in Art by Rachel Barnes, Simon Barnes – Hardcover: 224 pages; Publisher: Quercus (May 1, 2011)

The fascinating history of humanity's bond with the horse is spectacularly brought to life in this beautifully illustrated volume. With superb images from the extraordinary Parthenon Frieze to the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs; and from the enigmatic paintings of Edgar Degas to the contemporary creations of Damien Hirst, this book will delight horse and art lovers alike.

The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art by Tamsin Pickeral – Hardcover: 287 pages; Publisher: Merrell Publishers (September 1, 2008)

This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated with works from all over the world, ranging from the earliest African rock paintings to the groundbreaking work of contemporary artists.

Cats in the Louvre by Frederic Vitoux, Elisbeth Foucart-Walter – Hardcover: 80 pages; Publisher: Flammarion; 1st edition (February 12, 2008)

This beautiful volume is packed with artworks from all of the Louvre’s many departments. Each painting or sculpture is shown in its entirety and in detail, focusing on the feline presence. The artworks are accompanied by a short, illuminating commentary, and introduced by a preface in which the author draws upon his personal reflections on the irresistible cat.

The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art by Caroline Bugler – Hardcover: 288 pages; Publisher: Merrell Publishers (October 18, 2011)

This sumptuously illustrated book examines the relationship between cats and humans from ancient times to the present, offering fascinating insights into the prominence of the cat in art in cultures worldwide. Thematic chapters explore in detail a rich and rewarding collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.

The Horse in Art by John Baskett – Hardcover: 192 pages; Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2006)

Distinguished author John Baskett begins with the horse in ancient civilizations, including masterpieces from Asia, and then discusses the horse in the Middle Ages, in which the animal was bred for warfare and agriculture and is represented in such scenes as the Bayeaux Tapestry. Renaissance artists, whose interest in horses was as great as that for the human form, are then discussed, evidence of which is shown in the skillful drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. The 17th century brought beautiful examples of naturalism from such masters as Peter Paul Rubens, while George Stubbs became the premier horse painter in 18th-century England. Works by Americans George Catlin and Frederic Remington are also explored, along with exquisite miniatures of natural scenes produced by Persian and Mughal painters from varying periods.

Dog Painting 1840-1940 by William Secord – Hardcover: 368 pages Antique Collectors Club Dist A/C (January 25, 2007)

This hugely successful book traces the development of pure-bred dogs and examines why they have become so popular. It is full of charming anecdotes about dog lovers such as Queen Victoria and the great American collector Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge.

Dog Painting: The European Breeds by William Secord – Hardcover: 398 pages Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist A/C (January 25, 2007)

The founder of the Dog Museum in St. Louis and author of Dog Painting: 1840-1940, A Social History of the Dog in Art, Secord here returns with a sort of catalogue raisonn? eight years in the makingAand worth the wait.

Focusing on the 19th century, Secord first delves into the "dog world" of the different European countriesAhounds on the hunt in France were more likely to be in front of a cart in BelgiumAshowing how their milieus affected the paintings that resulted. Next, he turns to the paintings themselves, and lingers.

Many of the 580 illustrations are published here for the first time, with Secord's lively commentary and captions identifying artist, title and provenance of each painting. An appendix of biographies of dog artists will help hardcore buffs keep track, while The Dog Address Book, also available from ACC, lifts many of the best illustrations. This coffee-table book is produced with the kind of care that makes much of the dog-centered stuff out there look crass. Secord's passion for his subject translates readily, even for those not willing to follow him into dog-painting minutiae; anyone with an interest in realist painting will like this book. (Oct.) —Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Best in Show: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today by Peter Bowron, Carolyn Rose Rebbert, Robert Rosenblum, William Secord – Hardcover: 176 pages Yale University Press (August 3, 2006)

Dogs have been featured in works of art in various ways—from primary subjects to supporting characters to props. Best in Show is the most up-to-date, comprehensive survey of the dog as shown in painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography from the end of the sixteenth century to today.

This beautifully produced book features sixty works by such illustrious artists as Francis Bacon, Gustave Courbet, Salvador Dalí, Lucian Freud, Thomas Gainsborough, Edouard Manet, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Andrew Wyeth, and many more. Four fascinating essays by distinguished scholars discuss the dog in the context of the art of the 16th through the 21st centuries; examine the purebred and how breeds have developed and changed over the years; and outline the results of scientific inquiry over the centuries regarding the nature of dogs.

Best in Show brilliantly illuminates the captivating and intriguing history of the dog in art––offering myriad interpretations and irrefutable reasons for celebrating “the artist’s best friend.”

The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists by Sally Mitchell – Hardcover: 517 pages; Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club (May 1985)

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